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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My nifty little invention to make jump rings on: November 05, 2009 08:11:34 AM
So I couldn't sleep last night due to a tooth ache and to kill time I was trying to finish a bracelet I've been working on. I made some jump rings using pliers that weren't quite working out.
So I googled how to make jump rings and found this nifty website:
http://jewelrymaking.allinfoabout.com/features/makejriing.html
I tried using a nail in place of the "wig jig" but I had trouble holding onto the wire as I wrapped and getting it straight and tight. So I had this nifty idea:

I took a block of wood, a metal piece with three holes, and a nail with the desired size for the jump rings. I used the metal piece to secure the nail to the board, and dilled two holes in the block of wood and threaded the wire through it. For extra security, I also used the screws holding the metal piece to the wood and wrapped the wire around them. From there, I was able to coil up the nail really easily and quickly. I also switched the nail out for different sizes. See?


Here are the plier made jump rings:

And my new and improved ones:

Hope this helps other wire-wrapping challenged individuals Smiley
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A few gifts I made. on: May 05, 2009 05:20:08 PM
I made these gifts for a few great ladies in my life. I wish I photographed the personalized boxes I made them, too.. they were cute. I took these photos before putting the chains on them.





And do you guys remember this thread...
"It looks better IRL"
I made another one:
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / yayay. on: April 15, 2009 08:46:11 PM
I made this for my friend's mother's birthday. It took me two days and 6 hours.
He paid me 70$ for it :DD



4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tree Tree Tree Tree Tree Tree Tree on: April 12, 2009 05:16:48 PM
I feel like every piece of jewelry I've made recently has been tree themed.
I am obsessed.


5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / It looks better IRL on: April 08, 2009 09:53:43 PM

I swear, this necklace looks much cooler in person. I don't know how to filter my photos so every little flaw shows up PERFECTLY. Argh! But here it is:




AND me wearing it:
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tri Colored Foreign Coin Necklaces on: February 17, 2009 09:30:24 AM
I ordered these coins off ebay and used my dad's drill press to drill the holes in them. The coins that were real dirty and unpolished got thrown into my rock tumbler with a stainless steel shot to shine them up. Then I strung them together with some wire and voila!










I gots more but I'm late late late for school! Thanks for looking.

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Slightly off topic... what brand is this? on: February 13, 2009 09:17:24 AM
Does anyone recognize the logo on this purse? What brand is it?
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Brass/Copper/Silver Panel Bracelet on: January 29, 2009 05:42:51 PM
This was probably one of the more challenging bracelets I have made. It was pretty fun to construct though because I didn't really run into any problems like I do with other pieces that I solder.
The pictures are pretty lousy and the the bracelet is very flawed:
-i mixed up the settings.. the two kinds of settings were suppose to go every other one
-some of the holes i drilled got misplaced so i had to redrill next to it
-it really needs to be polished
but I'm still really happy with it!! Smiley



9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Best place to buy sterling sheet metal online? on: January 28, 2009 08:24:04 PM
I'm MAJORLY struggling to find a place that sells sterling sheet metal for a reasonable price. I'm willing to settle for scrap silver (scrap meaning silver sheet metal that was drilled into, cut, punched, ect). Or even maybe a silver alloy that is not 100% pure silver (like mexican silver which is 92.5% silver).
I don't know of stores around my area to buy it so I'm looking for online stores where the prices are reasonable??
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / I feel a little silly asking this, but how do rotary machines work? on: January 04, 2009 05:42:05 PM
I picked up a white rotary sewing machine + cabinet from a local thrift store and everything looks good except I was so confused how this baby works. I see no pedal???
What am i missing? Huh
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